On November 17, Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project is hosting a forum in Washington DC based on the 10-year anniversary of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) study on medical errors, “To Err Is Human.” Unlike most anniversaries, we’re not gathering advocates, journalists and policymakers to celebrate–we’re gathering to call attention to the fact that we find ourselves asking the same question the IOM asked 10 years ago: “Must we wait another decade to be safe in our health system?”

You don’t have to travel to DC to witness this important forum–we will webcast it live for the whole country to see. On November 17 from 10AM-3:30PM EST, just go to our webcast site and you will be able to click to the streaming video. You will be able to submit your questions to the moderator as the forum is happening.

We are inviting some of the country’s prominent patient safety leaders to speak at our forum and tell us what they think needs to happen to keep patients safe. This includes former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Paul O’Neill, who wrote a recent op-ed in the New York Times on medical harm; Arthur Levin, a member of the original IOM committee and Director of Center for Medical Consumers; Dr. Rick Shannon, Chairman of the Department of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, whose work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, ABC and NPR; Merrill Goozner, author of The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs; Charles Ornstein with ProPublica who co-wrote a groundbreaking series detailing serious failures in oversight by the California Board of Registered Nursing; Maggie Mahar, health care fellow at The Century Foundation, writer of HealthBeat Blog and author of Money-Driven Medicine; and three lead patient safety consumer advocates: Helen Haskell, Founder of Mothers Against Medical Error and Director of The Empowered Patient Coalition; Lori Nerbonne, Founder of New Hampshire Patient Voices; and Patty Skolnik, Founder and Executive Director of Citizens for Patient Safety.

We voiced our concerns with the lack of progress made on preventing medical harm earlier this year in our report, “To Err is Human, To Delay is Deadly.” In the past decade our nation has failed to prevent medical harm, and as a result, millions of Americans have died or been injured, and tens of billions of health-care dollars wasted on treating the resulting preventable illnesses.

Join us on the web by tuning in to our webcast here on November 17 from 10AM-3:30 PM EST! Help us spread the word by sharing this webcast information with your friends and family.